The Harden SES Unit is crying out for volunteers. Unit Commander Thomas Hogg said they would welcome as many volunteers as they could get.
“We could have another 15 in the unit before it was close to capacity,” Mr Hogg said.
“We’re looking for community-minded people.”
“A diverse range of people because everyone in a diverse range of people brings their own unique qualities.”
“Representative of the community - that’s what we’re after.”
If you have ever thought of doing something to help your community, volunteering with the SES may just be what you’ve been looking for.
There are four general ways to volunteer:
- Unit volunteer.
- Community Action Team volunteer (floods and storms).
- Corporate volunteer.
- Spontaneous volunteer (volunteering during times of need).
All training is provided free of charge and conducted outside of ordinary business hours.
If they get a group of five or more volunteers they can conduct the training in-house.
A smaller group than five means that volunteers would need to travel outside of the area to complete the training.
Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, with myriad skillsets because the roles the SES needs help with include:
- Storm damage;
- Flood rescue;
- Road crash rescue;
- Community engagement;
- Vertical rescue;
- Search and rescue;
- Maintenance and logistics; and
- Truck driving.
If you’re 16 or 17 and can’t wait to volunteer, you can get your parents to sign a consent form.
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